This should go without question. Federal employees and their lives are not political fodder, nor should they and their service to our nation be used as bargaining chips. This is through no fault of their own, and their lives have been endangered. Failure to pay as soon as possible will further endanger them and their loved ones due to the irresponsibleness of others. Back pay will soften the blow, but nonetheless we will lose a great deal of money in retirement earnings, future earnings, unpaid interest on credit cards, mortgages, personal loans, car loans, etc. No matter the resolution, the hardship will endure and the losses are permanent. Back pay is not only the sensible thing to do, but it is a necessary compensation if our elected officials expect to reconcile with their constituents in the slightest. We have been wronged and it should be made to be right. We have been caught in the crossfire as innocent bystanders.